Esther Passaris in Trouble After Seeking Treatment Abroad


A section of Kenyans have condemned Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris after she disclosed that she had spent her New Year’s Eve at a hospital in India, where she was undergoing a surgical procedure.

“I flew to Ahmedabad, India on 31st December, 2019 and successfully had Spinal Surgery the following day at CIMS Hospital. I thank God for the Gift of Life, my family for their unconditional love and everyone who whispered a word of prayer as I went in,” she said in a post on her Twitter handle.

This is not the first time the 55-year-old legislator has undergone surgery.

In March 2019, Ms Passaris visited doctors in India and was put under medication.


In January 2019, Passaris successfully underwent two surgeries in Nairobi to deal with a recurrent back pain.

However, the post did not augur well with a number of Kenyans who bashed her for seeking better treatment abroad while Kenya’s health sector remained pathetic.

Passaris you and your fellow MPs are a bunch of failures, you represent the biggest city in eastern Africa but it doesn’t have a credible health facility to treat yourself, it’s a shame to you,” posted Joseph Masta.

I wish Hon. Esther Passaris a Quick Recovery but I can’t ignore the fact that she flew all the way to India for treatment. Our hospitals need to be upgraded to such levels for that Mwananchi who can’t afford a flight ticket! Why can people come to Kenya for treatment like India?” added Mr Njenga.

However, Passaris later explained that she sought medical treatment abroad as opposed to local services because Kenyan doctors could not provide her with a clear answer on the type of treatment she needed to effectively deal with her health conditions.

“It was not my desire to be operated abroad but unfortunately I just couldn’t get a Kenyan team together. I was not getting a clear answer on the type of treatment I needed to effectively deal with excruciating and chronic pain and I just couldn’t wait any longer,” she posted.

“I consulted over 10 medics in Kenya. Our problem is our inability to work as an ‘A Team’ for the benefit of not just patients but the country as a whole. We think pulling each other down is the solution. Carry your mantle & do your part. Kenya is ours to propel.”

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